LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lee County operations adjust schedules for Thanksgiving

To the Editor: Most Lee County administrative operations will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Other schedules will be adjusted.  The adjustments include: Solid Waste • Thursday, Nov. 25: All county facilities are closed and no garbage, yard waste or recycling will be collected. Collections will […]

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Health Clinic phone spoof afoot, be careful when taking calls

We have been notified of a new phone “spoofing” scam in which the caller ID indicates the call is coming from the Clinic and, when the call is answered, the caller identifies themselves as a Clinic employee and attempts to secure your personal information. We have only heard of one call like this, but we […]

How close we came to battle: Part II of our ‘Florida during WWII’ series

While today’s national news is dealing heavily with topics that some are worried should not be taught in our schools, in recognition of Veteran’s Day and the sacrifices of so many military personnel to keep this country free, a new question arises … what is it students are not being taught in our schools? There […]

GIFT Tournament set for November 23

Another island tradition is coming up, and if you’re a fly fisherman who loves to fish for redfish you won’t want to miss this one. On Tuesday, Nov. 23 the 26th annual Gasparilla Island Flyfishing Tournament will be held in local waters. Fishing begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m., so make sure […]

BGHPB meeting includes NHR and sidewalk amendment discussions

Three Special Certificates of Appropriateness were heard at the monthly Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, held at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium.  However, it was two announcements regarding the proposed sidewalk amendment and the National Register of Historic Places nomination that took center stage in the conversation. Board […]

Record-breaking bridge crossings discussed at GIBA meeting

The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority Quarterly Board meeting was held on Wednesday Nov. 3, in the offices of the Authority. Members of the authority were updated on the traffic and revenue figures for the 12 months of the 2021 fiscal year. Toll Revenue was up by comparison with last year by 11 percent in discount […]

Grande Rounds series begins with ‘Back to Boca’ virtual talk

The “Grande Rounds” health lecture series sponsored by the Boca Grande Health Clinic and the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation is set to kick off the season on November 16. “Back to Boca” will be the main theme of the first talk, which will feature Clinic physician Raymond A. James, D.O. and Clinic CEO Mark […]

Remembrances of a life well lived, lost too soon: Shannon Hoeckel, 1979 – 2021

BY CARROLL SWAYZE – It is with overwhelming sadness I share the news that my son, Capt. Shannon Lee Hoeckel, left us to fly with the angels on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, forever changing the dynamic of our family and our world.Shannon was born during a wild stormy night on January 21, 1979. When they […]

In honor of Veteran’s Day, an in-depth glimpse at new PBS documentary titled ‘A State at War: Florida During WWII’ (Part I)

It was September 1941 and Leading Aircraftsman R A G Cleave, a British student pilot training at the Lodwick School of Aeronautics in Lakeland, Fla. was getting ready to take flight. Little did he know that this was the day he would become a prisoner of war. As Cleave took off in his Stearman biplane, […]

RPP’s ‘Inherit the Wind’ is a star-studded tempest

You will be seeing stars and lots of them too, when you see Royal Palm Player’s “Inherit the Wind,” a knockout courtroom battle reenactment based on the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial in this outdoor, staged reading. In order to deal with the challenges brought on by COVID, the play was moved to the Boca Grande […]